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"A Soldier's Tale"-bright, lively

To the Editor:

In response to the criticism of "A Soldier's Tale" in the March l5 issue of Tech, Jonathan Richmond may be the first critic ever to use the word "unimaginative" in describing Beth Soll's choreography. Perhaps he needs to experience more modern dance to understand that it is an abstract form of expression that does not rigidly follow a story line.

Contrary to Mr. Richmond's opinion, Beth Soll's "Dance Workshop" was in fine form on Thursday night. The dancing was bright, lively and humorous. Each short piece worked extremely well with the corresponding Stravinsky music. Mr. Richmond seems to have missed the beauty of the whole performance piece; the mixture of music, dance and drama which was charming. The ageless battle between the soldier and the devil (taken from Russian folk tales) was, all at the same time, sad and funny, dramatic and light.

But most of all it was well performed by all the members of the cast: the actors, the dancers, the narrator and the musicians. On one subject only do I agree with Jonathan Richmond -- that is the music. It was beautifully performed under the direction of Marcus Thompson. Unfortunately, Mr. Richmond's review only becomes alive when he is writing about the music, a subject he seems to know something about. Perhaps he should stick to music review and leave acting and dance criticism to others who are more familiar with the media.

Therese Z. Henderson->

MIT Sea Grant Program->